I found another ocean baths at Merewether.
And it’s absolutely massive. You can tell where it ends by the spray around the edges. They swim races across it, you can see the starting blocks way down there on the left.
It was built in 1930 and is still the largest ocean baths in the southern hemisphere.
And it’s still really old fashioned looking. I saw it described somewhere as art deco. And it’s not too deep either which is good. I didn’t get in on Sunday though because it was really cold. Not the water but the weather and this pool is pretty exposed.
So we walked down the beach for a while and saw rocks and seaweed and general stuff you see on the beach.
And then we went to Newcastle Baths.It was opened in 1922. There used to be a huge map of the world etched on the bottom of one of the pools here but it’s covered with sand now.
I did swim in this one on Sunday. I gasped when I walked in. I was standing on the step and an old italian lady was in there yelling at me to get in – is beautiful, is beautiful she was saying waving her arms at me. Lot’s of older ladies go there and walk laps. For bloody hours it seems. Back and forth. It is lovely though.
This old lady in the pink hat went in in her undies. She had on a white blouse her pink hat and these huge white granny nickers. They were already all baggy around the thighs before she got in so I’m surprised they stayed on at all once they got water logged. They would have had some weight in them judging by the amount of fabric that was in them.